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Chief Architect Interior Design Student Wins Gold Medal in National CompetitionFeatured

A Chief Architect rendering of the living and dining room area in Hallie O'Higgins design.

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen

Hallie O’Higgins, a senior at Boerne-Champion High School in Boerne, Texas earned a gold medal in a national Interior Design competition. This year the event, put on by the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), took place in Nashville, TN. 

Hallie has been involved with the interior design program at Champion High School since her freshman year. She was first introduced to Chief Architect during her sophomore year. Hallie credits her love for architecture and design to Chief Architect. “Once I began using the software, I discovered a love for architecture. Designing functional floor plans and decorating multiple spaces became so enjoyable with the Chief Architect software.”

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Best Practices for Entering to Win a Home Design Contest

Grandview watercolor rendering with line drawing

Author's Portrait by Kendra Dorosh

Each month we receive a great selection of renderings created by our users for the Chief Architect Design Contests. We’d like to share some ideas and suggestions for how you can craft a great design contest entry that Facebook voters respond positively to. These techniques can be applied when entering a Chief Architect Design Contest, or any other home design contest you might be considering. Let’s get started!

One of the best, and most obvious, aspects of a great design contest entry is a nice rendering. However, it’s also important to supplement the rendering with a well-written description along with your contact information; this is a perfect chance to show off your skills and share your story! We then recommend sharing the post on your own social media channels for the best exposure, we’ll get to this part in a bit.

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Design Contest, Events

Design Contest – Kitchen/Bath & Interiors

Modern kitchen design with cool wood tones

Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Kitchen/Bath or Interior Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.


  1. Email a single image, 360° image, or video of your design to
  2. Include your name, company information, and the software you used.
  3. Describe your design and planning process for your submission including any background information about the project.
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Webinar Series – Building the Austin Sample Plan

Exterior Chief Architect Rendering of the Austin Sample Plan House

Phillip Gibney Profile Image By Phillip Gibney

Chief Architect live webinars are a great way to further your knowledge in the software.  The current weekly webinar series is focusing on the process used to design the Austin Sample Plan. These webinars allow attendees to ask questions to Chief Architect staff and hear questions from other Chief Architect users. Sometimes a sneak peek of new features coming to the next version of Chief Architect is provided.

See the full webinar schedule to sign up. Can’t attend the live session? Sign up and we will email you a recording of the presentation.

If you are new to Chief Architect or using an older version, a free trial is available for download. 

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